Bioengineering of Cereal Starch

Publikation: Bog/antologi/afhandling/rapportPh.d.-afhandlingForskning

  • Massimiliano Carciofi, Danmark
ForlagAarhus University, Faculty of Science and Technology
Antal sider154
ISBN (Trykt)978-87-92936-08-0
Rekvirerende organGraduate School of Science and Technology
StatusUdgivet - 12 okt. 2012

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Ph.d.-forsvar den 12. oktober 2012

Note vedr. afhandling

Share on emailEmail Share on twitterTwitter Share on facebook_likeFacebook Starch represents the major source of energy for humans and animal world-wide. This carbohydrate is mostly produced by cereal crops like wheat, corn, rice and barley. Starch, after purification, becomes a white powder widely used as a natural and renewable polymer in a variety of industrial processes (e.g. brewery, plastic and textile sectors). Normally, the structural properties of starch are modified industrially to be more suitable for specific end-uses. However, these post-harvest modifications are energy consuming and environmentally hazardous.

During his PhD studies, Massimiliano Carciofi focused on alternative strategies to modify the structure of starch directly in cereal grains. He used the genetic engineer technology to influence the genes controlling starch synthesis in the grains and obtain new polysaccharides with improved properties. At the end of this work two novel starches were obtained in barley grains. The first type was modified for production of biodegradable plastic. Whereas the second was enriched of healthy dietary fibres that could be beneficial to prevent life-style related disorders like obesity and diabetes

Main supervisor: Associate Prof. Dr. Kim Hebelstrup, Aarhus University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Project supervisor: Professor, Dr. Preben Bach-Holm, Aarhus University, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

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